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How To Measure Your Walking Stick / Cane

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Top & Derby Chatfield Canes

When buying a new cane or walking stick, you need to ensure that you are buying the correct size. Buying the wrong sized cane can result in a stressed shoulder or elbow joint. The length of the walking stick is not determined by your height, but by the distance from your wrist joint to the floor. You will find that the correct length of walking stick will be more comfortable and more efficient when you use it.

When sizing your cane, it is best to have someone to help you.  Put on a pair of shoes that you most frequently wear and stand upright, letting your arm hang loosely by your side, with your arm very slightly bent. The person helping you should then measure the distance from the floor up to your wrist joint. This measurement will determine the ideal length of cane for you. If you are purchasing a cane that is pre-cut in various size options and your measurement falls between two sizes, we recommend purchasing the cane that is the size above your measurement.

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Sizing guide for walking stick measurement

If you have bought a cane to cut to size yourself, again, having a friend to help measure the size would be helpful. In this case, remove the ferrule and turn the cane upside down, so that the handle is resting on the floor and measure up to the wrist joint and with a piece of chalk or a pencil, make a mark on the shaft of the cane at this point. You will need to factor in the measurement of the ferrule and then using a small saw,  cut the cane to customise it to your size. You can then replace the ferrule onto the end of the cane.

If you already have a cane that you feel is the perfect height for you, then simply measure the length from the bottom of the cane to the top of the handle and repeat as above.

If you are buying a walking stick as a gift for someone and you are unsure of the length of walking stick to buy, an adjustable height walking stick would be the safest option and these are widely available as either a telescopic/height adjustable walking stick or a folding height adjustable walking stick.

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Flexyfoot folding height adjustable walking stick

A new cane need not be dull, if you purchase one that has some style or flair it can be used as a fashion statement, just like a pair of trendy glasses that says something about who you are.  So be brave and bold and let your cane say something about who you are #StayActiveWithStyle.

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Sabi Classic Canes

At designed2enable, we have an enviable collection of stylish, trendy, funky and contemporary walking sticks and canes that will help you stand out from the crowd. Click HERE for our full range.

 

 

Top & Derby: The Design Interview

designed2enable has a few words with Matt and Ben of Canadian design company Top & Derby, the people behind our beautiful new Chatfield Canes and Compression Socks.

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Top & Derby Canes 

Ben: Matt and I met while working for the international furniture retailer, EQ3. I did store planning and design for the each of the company’s corporate stores and independent retail partners around the world. Matt worked as an independent product designer, and designed many of the company’s top selling upholstery and casegood items.

We saw there was a gap in the home healthcare market for well-designed products, and from this little spark, Top & Derby was born.

d2e: What inspired you to focus on healthcare products and on the Chatfield cane as your launch product?

Matt: Although we would have loved to design and launch a large portfolio of products, we decided to focus initially on one product in order to test the market. Since walking canes were once used as a fashion accessory, and they are currently the most frequently used mobility accessory, we decided to launch a cane as our first product.

Additionally, the Chatfield was designed to be a simple and beautiful product, crafted of premium materials. We wanted people to be excited by the cane that they use, since many people are embarrassed to use a cane. Essentially, we started with a product that we felt our customers would be proud to own.

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d2e: Was there a particular person who inspired you to produce such a dandy cane?

Matt: We didn’t have one particular person in mind when we designed the Chatfield. We thought about every person who uses clinical looking home healthcare products and how we could enhance their lives; we didn’t think it was fair that there was limited choice in the products that they were using. Overall, our goal with Top & Derby has been to make an impact on the industry with unique, design-driven home healthcare products.

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Top & Derby Compression Socks

d2e: Why did you choose compression socks for your second product?

Ben: We decided to launch compression socks because they represent a meaningful product extension for the Top & Derby product range. Like canes, compression socks are also fashion accessories for people who use home healthcare products. We’ve been delighted with the reception to our decidedly different sock designs.

d2e: You launched your products with Kickstarter funding. Did you have an overwhelming response to the Kickstarter campaign? Can you give us any insight into the pros and cons of the crowdfunding process?

Ben: Kickstarter is a topic that we could write a book about; we’ve launched two crowdfunding campaigns and have become quite intimate with the process of it. We have been fortunate to receive funding through both of our campaigns, but we don’t take for granted the hard work that goes into planning a successful campaign.

In a nutshell, the pros of crowdfunding are twofold.

1) It gives people the opportunity to access capital, test the market with an idea, and generate pre-sales for a product before it goes into production.

2) Crowdfunding provides people the opportunity to gain exposure in the market – sometimes through press and other times through organic site traffic – which helps to generate awareness for both a product and company.

Often, the biggest pitfall for crowdfunders is underestimating the capital required to launch a project. Underestimating capital can compromise a person’s ability to be able to deliver on his or her promises further down the road. Fortunately, we have not encountered these issues. Prior to launching each of our campaigns, we have been quite diligent in fully understanding the strategy and economics of crowdfunding.

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d2e: Can you share any information on the design process and how long it took to design the canes.

Matt: The design process for our canes, and for all of our products in development, is often quite long. Ben and I often jam on product concepts, then I start drawing rough sketches. Eventually these sketches are turned into renderings and we will build some rapid (rough) prototypes before finding factories that we might want to work with to produce our designs. Once we narrow down the factories that we want to work with, we get some pre-production prototypes built and refine them until we are happy for them to go into production.

d2e: What challenges/setbacks did you come up against in manufacturing the products – or did the whole process run very smoothly? 

Matt: The most challenging thing about manufacturing any type of product is finding high quality manufacturers that can deliver on the vision we have for a product. Since our products often combine multiple materials, it can be challenging to find one manufacturer with the capabilities to produce products that use many different materials and manufacturing processes.

d2e: How do you select the manufacturers that produce your products? Did they have to meet certain criteria?

Matt: We spend a great deal of time finding the high quality manufacturing partners. Once we design rough prototypes, the longest part of the development cycle is finding manufacturers that we want to work with.

d2e: Have you had any specific feedback from retailers/design institutes and the general public? Are the larger department stores buying into the idea?

Ben: The general public (who use home healthcare products) seem to really resonate with the T&D brand and what we are trying to achieve. Larger department stores are not as open to the idea, since they don’t believe that consumers want design-driven home healthcare products. However, we believe that it will only be a matter of time before the market demands it.

If you would like to know more about Top & Derby’s products, check out the Chatfield walking cane and compression socks at designed2enable.co.uk

 

 

OneLeg Gardening and Posture Stools that Rock

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OneLeg stool for gardening

Danish inventor, Susanne Schmidt was inspired to create OneLeg after finding an old “collar button” wooden, one-legged stool in her attic which had previously been used by her ex-husband, a bricklayer, for laying paving. The stool had a single wooden leg and flat top with a curved base to the foot.  Susanne took to using the stool in the garden to save her knees and back and after a while, felt sure that she could improve on the design to create a stool with a wider curved base that would prevent it digging into the ground.  She also wanted it to be self supporting, ergonomic, weather resistant, stable enough to allow a good working radius and suitable for use for all ages. With the help of a friend and a few prototypes later, OneLeg Low was created with the addition of the anti-slip foot and stool covers.

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Oneleg stool is useful for jobs around the home

True to the simplicity and elegance of traditional Danish design, OneLeg stool alleviates the problems of aches and pains through kneeling and bending. OneLeg has a unique curved foot that allows the user to tilt and rotate around so that the stool simply follows the body’s movements. You will be amazed at the improvement in your core strength and concentration by using OneLeg.

OneLeg will save your knees and back whenever you have things to do at ground level. Rock and turn on the unique base; OneLeg will follow your movement, giving you a wide radius while strengthening your back and abdominal muscles. and your core strength. The curved base is gentle to the ground. It won’t sink down into grass or soil and can be used on both flat and sloped areas.

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OneLeg Stool is available in four size options

OneLeg has also found a home indoors and can be used by the whole family. The freedom of movement offered by OneLeg is great for posture during work and play for a variety of uses. In addition to the OneLeg Stool Low, three new height options for OneLeg Stool Tall are also available allowing higher seating positions for desks or tables.

OneLeg has many uses around the home, whether it be cleaning out cupboards, grooming the dog or playing with the kids. The stools have also  proved to be popular in nurseries, schools and pediatric hospitals for the children, teachers and nursing staff. Whilst being fun to use, they are great for posture and it is never too early to instill good posture into your kids!

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OneLeg stool for children

The Roto moulded single piece plastic leg is completely weather proof in extremes of heat and moisture and is easy to clean. The silicon seat and foot covers provide extra comfort and grip, allowing an even greater range of movement and good posture. An anti-slip foot cover should always be fitted when using OneLeg indoors.

You can have fun mixing and matching the colour schemes of your OneLeg. The stools come in a wide range of colours, along with the colour co-ordinated anti- slip foot and seat covers. OneLeg also makes a great gift!

Testimonials from a professional Orthopedic  Surgeon, and Occupational Therapists on the benefits of OneLeg can be seen below:

Doctor Morten Kramhoeft
Specialist Doctor, Orthopedic Surgery, CFR Hospitaler A/S, Denmark:

“We have tested the new OneLeg stool and found it to be very suitable. On the curved foot you sit both active and ergonomically correct. It is easy to tilt and rotate the podium without twisting in the back, and it invites you to keep your back straight while working.
With the simple and nice design, that is easy to clean, it is suitable in our environment, where hygiene is of course important.

As a specialist in orthopedic surgery, I can highly recommend OneLeg to our patients.
It is important to sit dynamic and ergonomic. This applies to work at very low altitudes, avoiding twisting and strain in the back and knees when using the small OneLeg of 32 cm and the higher models for many of the everyday tasks at work table, dining table etc. But also in training and rehabilitation of both back, knees and hips. When sitting on OneLeg, it is possible to train the muscles in the mentioned areas without improper load.”

Physiotherapist Gitte Skov Frandsen, DK- Hillerod:

“OneLeg offers a flexibility that differs from ordinary stools and chairs. With the possibility to spin and turn on the stool, you can prevent twist of the back that could ultimately lead to overload of the back muscles.

OneLeg also gives you the possibility to strengthen your (stabilised) back and abdominal muscles. The stool offers a dynamic sitting posture, which makes is possible to change the working and sitting posture. This is very important for me as a physiotherapist.

OneLeg has many uses both inside and outside. Outside it is primarily used for gardening and inside there are a wide range of possibilities for both children and adults.

I could imagine using OneLeg for example for watching television. The sitting would be dynamic, which is healthier for the body instead of static sitting. The cardiovascular system improves as the body continuously moves.

OneLeg can easily be used by children as well as adults. I, myself, have children at home and they use it for playing, drawing, watching television etc. and they are happy with it. Children have a natural freedom and joy of movement that adults are missing. Intuitively they know what is good for them and we must try to instill this in adults too.”

Authorised Occupational Therapist Ingrid Hallas-Moller Frederiksberg, Denmark:

“I find the OneLeg stool suitable for children in day care and pre-school for daily gatherings and other meeting activities. The stool gives the child a dynamic sitting posture, which stimulates the child’s nervous system for more calmness in the body. Especially for children who are hyperactive, it is a blessing for them to be able to move around on the stool without disturbing others.

The occupational therapist’s work is to change the child’s surroundings and with the stool, it is the sensory perception that the child receives that corrects the behavior. I also use OneLeg in my therapeutic training of children with challenges such as motor control, balance and planning for example in conjunction with ball games. The dynamic sitting posture on the stool makes the child exercise their balance skills and corrects the body against gravity to maintain balance.

Adults can benefit from the OneLeg stool, when working with children. First, it is possible to communicate at eye level and secondly the adult will have their body’s dynamic balance exercised.

The stool has a nice design with vivid colours and can be use inside and outside, by children and adults.”

Anne Grethe Olsen, Ebeltoft School, Denmark:

“At the Ebeltoft School in Denmark we have two classes for young students with various challenges. The common denominator is that most children have difficulties sitting still and concentrating,  even just for a short while. Most of the students therefore enjoy their OneLeg ergonomic stools.

For instance, Tobias aged 7 needs to keep active to avoid going to sleep and to be able to concentrate on the lessons. When he sits on his OneLeg stool he enjoys to move to different positions without disturbing the others as he would have done with an ordinary chair.

Another student is Emil aged 9. He is very restless and moves around a lot but he appreciates being able to do this on his OneLeg stool despite of the small seat.

He thinks the stool is fantastic and it makes it easy to for him to find a new spot to sit in the class room. Even when he turns and rotates on OneLeg it does not slide out on him because of the silicone anti-slip foot cover.

Of course we have some students that do not like to sit on the stool. One of these children have a brain damage that reduces his sense of balance. He is afraid to fall off the one legged stool that rotates when moving his weight and therefore he prefers the traditional chair.

As an adult I also use the OneLeg stool. My task is to be close to the students in the class room and move quickly from one to the other. I need to sit next to the children and the OneLeg is light weight and easy to move around.”

Further information on the full range of OneLeg stools and covers can be found HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Arthritis Week: 12th – 18th October

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In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis.

Arthritis Research UK are a charity committed to preventing the onset of arthritis, developing a cure for arthritis and transforming the lives of those with arthritis.

This National Arthritis Week, you are asked to share your stories of living with arthritis to help more people get closer to living free from the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis Research are also raising awareness that on the 25th November, the Government will set out its spending plans for the country in the Comprehensive Spending Review. This will decide how much money is spent on everything: from welfare to healthcare, to support for research. They urge you to tell your MP they must fight for a fair deal for people with arthritis during the Spending Review. Register or sign in to email your MP, and give people with arthritis in your community the champion they need.

The fair deal that is being campaigned for is to make arthritis a public health priority, demanding a commitment  to protect and increase the amount of money councils receive to maintain the health of local resident. Protecting the welfare benefits for disabled people with arthritis and committing to protect and then increase investment in medical research to support the fight to cure arthritis.

You can lend your support to National Arthritis Week by sharing your story here. Your stories will be used to guide the research Arthritis Research UK fund in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Article by Arthritis Digest – New Osteoarthritis Treatment?

 

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Transplanting a person’s own fat cells could reduce the symptoms and heal some of the damage of osteoarthritis, says research published in Cell Transplantation.

A total of 1,114 people (average age 62 years, 53% male) with osteoarthritis received self-donated fat cell transplants and were followed for an average of 17 months. Before treatment and at three, six and 12 months, assessments were made of pain, non-steroid analgesic usage, limping, extent of joint movement and stiffness. Hip and knee joints were the most common joints treated and some patients had more than one joint treated.

“No serious side effects, systemic infection or cancer was associated with SVF cell therapy,” report the researchers. “Most patients improved gradually three to 12 months after treatment.”

At least a 75% score improvement was noticed in 63% of the volunteers. And after 12 months, at least a 50% score improvement was seen in 91% of the volunteers. Painkiller use declined dramatically after treatment.

Obesity and a higher grade of osteoarthritis were associated with slower healing.

“Autologous stromal vascular fraction cell therapy for degenerative osteoarthritis is safe, cost effective and clinically effective, and can lead to an improved quality of life,” the researchers conclude. “However, there is no guarantee that this cell therapy can lead to a definite cure for degenerative osteoarthritis. Future patients receiving SVF will need longer follow-up to answer questions about durability and long term safety of SVF cell therapy.”

Source: Arthritis Digest magazine, http://arthritisdigest.co.uk